Programs for action

Sustainability Office

Your hub for sustainability on the St. George campus.

Programs for action

Launching fall 2021

Our Sustainable Change Programs will empower individual and collective action towards sustainability through guidance, resources and certification covering our labs, offices, courses, residences and events.

Sustainability starts with all of us.  

Are you: 

  • A student wanting to affect sustainable change? 
  • A researcher looking to minimize the environmental impacts of your lab?  
  • A residence don looking for ways to engage new students around waste reduction?  
  • A staff, faculty or librarian looking to influence your colleagues’ understanding of sustainability?  

Check back here in fall 2021 and we will guide you with our new and updated programs!

science Sustainable labs

For researchers and students looking to embed sustainability into their lab practices. 

home_work Sustainable offices

For those working in an office looking to contribute to sustainability and influence their colleagues. 

event Sustainable events

For any event planner looking to integrate sustainable practices into their events. 

summarize Sustainable courses

For professors and teaching assistants looking to offer sustainability guidance in their teaching. 

home Sustainable residences

For students and residence dons looking to advance sustainability in their living environment. 

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Sustainability action awards

These awards (previously Green Ribbons Awards) have recognized individuals and teams that take action on sustainability since 2009. Nominations take place in November of each year and are incorporated into the annual Adam’s Day Sustainability Celebration that takes place in January, in partnership with the Committee for Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability.

Awards are given to an individual or group in each of the following categories:

  • Student leader (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Student group (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Faculty
  • Staff (inspirational and eco-footprint)
  • Innovation
  • External
  • Honourary

Green ribbons awards 2019 winners

Peter Vuong
Peter is the student competition director for the Sustainable Engineers Association (SEA), through which he led a sustainability-themed hackathon, and supports the SEA Mentorship program. He was also a work study student with the Sustainability Office ad represented the campus at the World Wildlife Fund’s inaugural “Designing change for a living planet on campus” competition in 2018.
Category: Student – Undergraduate
Samantha Lucchetta
Samantha served for two years as a Co-Coordinator for Dig In! Campus Agriculture, an initiative of the student group Regenesis U of T. In this role, she has been instrumental in establishing new community gardens on-campus at New College and the U of T Youth Food Centre.
Category: Student – Undergraduate
Zhenglin Liu
Zhenglin is a Co-Director of External Advocacy for U of T Environmental Action (UTEA). He has previously served as the UTSU’s Sustainability Commissioner and as Co-Chair of the Innis Environmental Committee, and off campus engages with legislators on issues like Canada’s fossil fuel subsidies.
Category: Student – Undergraduate
U of T Beekeeping Education Enthusiast Society (B.E.E.S)
The group works to promote the importance of urban beekeeping on campus through maintaining hives, running workshops, and increasing awareness on the importance of bees.
Category: Student Group
Blake Poland
Blake has been inspirational with making his family home sustainable and also creating one of the first departmental sustainability committees at the Dala Lana School of Public Health.
Category: Faculty
Kevin Leong
Kevin has been instrumental in preparing a wide range of relevant sustainability information and data that is used to assess energy and greenhouse gas performance on campus.
Category: Staff – Inspirational
Gwen Burrows
Gwen inspires those around her with her commitment to sustainable transportation by biking to work almost everyday.
Category: Staff – Eco-footprint
Just Vertical: Conner Tidd, Kevin Jakiela
Conner and Kevin are co-founders of Just Vertical, a startup company at U of T’s Impact Centre with a goal of helping people eat and live healthier while reducing the water and energy involved in food growth and transport.
Category: Innovation
RWDI: Mike Williams
Mike, a principal at the firm RWDI, has been instrumental in helping Facilities & Services develop a novel energy use visualization tool that allows stakeholders to better understand the university’s performance regarding energy, greenhouse gases, and other utilities.
Category: External
Ted Kent
Ted is a former Senior Property Manager at Facilities & Service where he was a champion pushing for new innovative solutions to reduce energy and deliver great service at the St. George campus.
Category: Honourary